SOURCE: Best Software

April 27, 2005 09:00 ET

Best Software's Timberline Office Recognized With Most Innovative Products (MIP) Awards and a Perfect Five-Star Review

The Software Is First Choice Among World of Concrete Attendees for Two MIP Awards; a Perfect Review Rating Highlights Construction Accounting

BEAVERTON, OR -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 27, 2005 -- Best Software announced today that its Timberline Office product suite gained national recognition with three recently announced honors by two major industry trade publishers. Timberline Office is a fully integrated suite of financial and operations software for professionals in construction and real estate.

Timberline Office was recognized with two honors in the third-annual Most Innovative Products (MIP) Awards, sponsored by Hanley-Wood Magazines. Timberline Office's Model Estimating was named Attendees' Choice Winner in the category for Estimating & Design Software. Timberline Office's Project Management also took the top spot as Attendees' Choice Winner in the category of Project Information Software. Award winners were selected from ballots cast by attendees at the World of Concrete trade show, held January in Las Vegas.

World of Concrete was attended by some 70,000 participants in the concrete and masonry construction trades.

As an MIP Award winner, Timberline Office was featured in issues of Concrete Construction, Masonry Construction, The Concrete Producer, and Concrete & Masonry Construction Products.

Timberline Office construction accounting was also recognized by The CPA Technology Advisor with a top five-star rating in its annual construction accounting review published in the April/May 2005 issue. Capping the achievement, Timberline Office tallied a perfect score of five out of a possible five stars in each of the six review categories, including: learning curve, modules and functionality, import/export/integration, support and training, reporting, and relative value.

In his summary, reviewer Brent Dirks noted, "Timberline Office provides a powerful, comprehensive system that is an industry benchmark. The company's long history in the construction software market is an indication of the overall quality and effectiveness for both financial as well as operational needs."

In addition to covering Timberline Office's core application strengths, Dirks also highlighted Timberline Office Desktop, Service Management, and Anytime Learning, an online training service.

These recognitions are the latest in a string of Best Software Timberline Office honors, which in recent months have included the 2004 Editors' Choice--Top 100 Product Picks by the editors of Buildings magazine, being a recipient of a 2004 Global Call Center of the Year Award from Call Center Magazine, and designation as the Most Innovative Deployment by WebEx Communications for Timberline Office's Anytime Learning.

For more information about Timberline Office, visit www.timberlineoffice.com.

About Hanley-Wood

Hanley Wood, LLC is the premier media company serving housing and construction. Through five operating divisions, the company produces award-winning magazines and Web sites, marquee trade shows and events, rich data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America's leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Magazines (Washington, D.C.) publishes 22 award-winning residential and commercial construction titles, including concrete construction, builder, remodeling, custom home, and residential architect. In 2004, Builder was named to B-to-B magazine's Media Power 50. For consumers, Hanley Wood Magazines publishes 14 shelter magazines and home plans titles and distributes more than 9 million copies to newsstands. Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is a $200 million company owned by VS&A Communications Partners III, LP, the private-equity affiliate of media industry merchant bank Veronis Suhler Stevenson. www.hanleywood.com.

About The CPA Technology Advisor

Founded in 1991 as The CPA Software News, The CPA Technology Advisor is dedicated to providing practicing public accountants with the knowledge they need to make informed technology decisions. Through in-depth reviews and comparisons, detailed due-diligence charts, tables and graphs, The CPA Technology Advisor helps accountants explore, purchase and implement technology productively. www.cpatechadvisor.com.

About Best Software/The Sage Group plc

Best Software offers leading business management products and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.3 million small and mid-sized customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (London: SGE.L), supports 4.4 million customers worldwide. For more than 25 years, Best Software has delivered easy-to-use, scalable and customizable applications through its portfolio of leading brands, including Abra®, ACCPAC®, ACT!®, BusinessVision®, CPASoftware®, FAS®, MAS 90®, MAS 200®, MAS 500®, MIP®, Peachtree®, SalesLogix®, and Timberline® Office, among many others. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.bestsoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-BEST.

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